2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part V: The "Back to square one" Edition
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10-19-2012, 03:17 PM
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I also love the charge that I'm "pro-owner."
No, I'm pro-hockey.
If the owners were making lots of money, I'd be with the players.
But they aren't. They are losing money.
Since I want to see the sport succeed, I recognize that means the players have to give back more this time.
So I criticize Don Fehr for saying dumb things like "We gave up a lot last time. We shouldn't have to give up more this time."
Wrong. You do. For the good of the sport.
I recognize it's all a negotiation, and he doesn't actually believe that. But the players deserve more flack for those comments than the owners got for their initial proposal of 43% or whatever. The players' stance that they shouldn't have to give up anything is the stance that has been the most unreasonable, the most intransigent in all of this process.
I don't know what the fair number is, whether it's 52% or 50% or 47% or what. I trust they will all eventually get to a number that works for them.
But I do think it's unreasonable that the players don't seem to recognize that the majority of teams are losing money.
If that is wrong, like I said, I'd love to see the evidence. That would switch me to the players side.
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